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Fall 2015 Groups!

Groups are often the most effective way to

  • gain support and encouragement from others;
  • learn how you are perceived by others;
  • gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • develop relationship skills.

Ground rules, including confidentiality, are typically established with group members to help promote trust. For most benefit, consistent attendance is strongly encouraged. Read Debunking Myths about Group Therapy to learn more about how group works. 


Support Groups


MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking                                               CLOSED

This group provides an opportunity for men to talk about issues they commonly face while receiving support and feedback from other men. A safe, confidential space will be provided to allow members to explore topics in-depth, with the goal of increasing self-awareness and life satisfaction. Facilitators: Karisman & Jason

LGBTQQA Discussion Group (LGBTQ Center)                  Tuesdays | 3:15 - 4:15 pm

Join us in a safe, affirming space to connect with people in the LGBTQQIA community and discuss various themes and topics. Facilitators: Leilani & Polina

Women’s Group                                                                                                              CLOSED

A supportive environment for women to talk, explore and grow. Topics can include stress, balance, relationships, school, work, identity, self esteem/confidence, body image, culture and many many more. Facilitators: Colleen & Polina

Estamos Unid@s (MacQuarrie Hall 533)                                     Mondays | 5:30 - 7 pm

Estamos Unid@s is a support group for Chican@/Latin@ students that addresses cultural concerns in a university environment, community-building, transitional issues between family and university life, ways to succeed academically and socially, and peer mentoring. Facilitator: Cynthia Medina

Mindful Living and Coping Skills


CALM: Calming Anxiety, Living Mindfully                                                          CLOSED

Feeling a bit stressed, worried, or more anxious lately? Students will gain valuable skills to effectively manage stress, reduce feelings of anxiety, and increase confidence. Just arrive at the main CAPS waiting room by 3 pm. All students welcome. Facilitators: David E & Tony 

Contemplating Change                                                                        Mondays | 1:30 - 3 pm

Ambivalence to change is normal. This group recognizes that addictive behaviors (e.g. substance use, binge eating, shopping, or internet use) have benefits as well as consequences, and is open to anyone interested in the motivation and skills to change any addictive or undesirable behavior. Facilitators: Stephanie & Jason 

Depression Group                                                                                                           CLOSED

Come learn new skills to cope with and prevent future depressive symptoms. Through mindful awareness, we will learn how to shift our relationship to the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive symptoms. Facilitators: Yu-Ping & Liang

Health and Wellness                                                                                                      CLOSED

This 8-week structured, skills-focused group is designed to help students overcome mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and/or stress. Participants will learn stress management skills and relaxation skills, cognitive skills to combat negative thinking, and practical ways to decrease anxiety, alleviate depression, and improve relationships. Facilitator: Cynthia Medina

Mindful Empowerment (SWC 377)                                       Wednesdays | 3 - 4:30 pm

Interested in learning about new ways to love and accept yourself? During this weekly workshop series, come learn about mindful compassion. Learn to be kind to yourself and others through step-by-step instruction, education and live practice. Facilitators: Alex & Dianna

Social Skills Group                                                                                                          CLOSED

To provide a safe and supportive environment where students can obtain, explore, and practice social skills. The group will be psychoeducational, and focus on the various levels and settings of socialization.  The group will also provide opportunities for members to process their experiences in and outside of the group. Beginning October 2nd for eight weeks.  Facilitators: Kell & Ron

Tame the Stress                                                                                  Mondays | 10 - 11:30 am

Feeling stressed, anxious, and unfocused? Attend our stress management workshop series and learn how you can identify warning signs of stress, practice techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and live a productive, healthy, and happy life. Beginning November 16th for four weeks (11/16, 11/23, 11/30, & 12/7). Facilitators: Stephanie & Liang  

Wise Mind                                                                                               Tuesdays | 3 - 4:30 pm

Want to learn new skills for coping with difficult emotions, tolerating distress, and managing your relationships? This group focuses on approaches and techniques to be more effective in these important areas of your life. New coping skills will be taught each week! Facilitators: David E & Ron

Yoga Mind (Sport Club Dance Studio A)                                          Tuesdays | 3 - 4 pm

Come to gain the ability to skillfully hold or absorb challenging experiences, including thoughts and feelings through holding the yoga postures. A new topic will be explored each week in a structured, workshop style where yoga and psychological information will be an interwoven experience to feed the heart and mind. Facilitators: Dianna & Yu-Ping

Interpersonal Groups


Understanding Self and Others                                                Multiple Times and Days

Members build relationships, become more aware of how they interact with others, and learn how to cope more effectively with interpersonal challenges in a safe, supportive environment. Two groups available. Facilitators group I: Stephanie & Liang (CLOSED), Group II: David L & Amanda (CLOSED)